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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
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Child poverty in London
Published Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0040
A Westminster Hall debate on Child Poverty in London is scheduled for Thursday 22 February at 3.00pm. The Member leading the debate is Siobhain McDonagh MP.
Fuel Poverty Statistics in England - Lookup tool
Published Thursday, February 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8226
An Excel tool allowing Fuel Poverty Statistics for Constituencies, Local Authorities and Regions in England to be automatically retrieved, and presented.

Topics: Energy, Fuel poverty

Labour market statistics: UK regions and countries
Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7950
This paper gives an overview of labour market statistics across the UK’s regions and countries. The spreadsheet published alongside this paper includes a ‘profile tool’ where you can select a region and see all data for that region presented in tables and charts.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, February 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7830
The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
Food poverty in Merseyside
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0008
A Westminster Hall debate on Food poverty in Merseyside is scheduled for Tuesday 16 January 2018 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Stephen Twigg MP.
Household incomes by region
Published Friday, January 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8191
This short briefing paper provides statistics on average household income by country and region of the UK.
Social mobility in Wales
Published Thursday, December 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0261
This debate pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on Social Mobility in Wales, to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 19 December at 2.30PM. This debate will be led by Chris Elmore MP.
The Pupil Premium
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06700
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of policy on the Pupil Premium since its introduction in 2011, including funding levels, eligibility criteria, and accountability.
Agricultural incomes and subsidies in the UK: Social Indicators page
Published Monday, November 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02613
Agricultural incomes and subsidies in the UK: Social Indicators page.
Intergenerational Fairness and Government Policy
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0072
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on intergenerational fairness and government policy ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 26 October 2017.
Energy bills and proposals for reform
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8081
During her speech to the Conservative party conference on 4 October 2017, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would publish a Draft Bill to put a price cap on energy bills. There has been a mixed response to this announcement. Energy UK, the industry trade body, said the cap could interfere with competition and instead advocated energy efficiency measures. Whereas, Citizens advice welcomed the plans as a potential “solution to runaway energy costs.”
Income inequality in the UK
Published Monday, September 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7484
This briefing paper looks at trends in income inequality in the UK over the last 50 years.
Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0043
This briefing summarises the recent Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices and provides background and reaction to the report.
Government policies on social mobility
Published Monday, July 10, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0137
A debate will be held on government policies on social mobility in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 11 July at 2:30pm. The subject for the debate has been chosen by Lucy Powell MP.
Winter Fuel Payments update
Published Monday, June 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06019
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free annual payment to help older people meet the cost of their winter fuel bills. The “standard” rates are £200 per eligible household where the oldest person is under 80, and £300 for households containing a person aged 80 or over.
Poverty in the UK: statistics
Published Friday, June 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07096
This note sets out information on the levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including historical trends and forecasts for future years.
Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7946
Millennials are the generation of people now in their young adulthood. Roughly aged between 25 and 34. Millennials make up 13.9% of the total UK population.
ECO, the Energy Company Obligation
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06814
This Commons Briefing paper sets out the details of the Government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme that provides funding for energy efficiency measures for difficult to treat homes and the homes of ‘those most in need.’

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